Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin, 6 July 1773

To Deborah Franklin

AL: Historical Society of Pennsylvania; transcript:6 University of Virginia Library

West Wickham, the Seat of Lord Le Despencer, Bucks

July 6. 1773.

My dear Child,

I am here in my Way to Oxford, where I am going to be present at the Installation,7 and shall stay a few Days among my Friends there. By Capt. All who sails next Week I shall write fully to you, and to Friends in Philadelphia. This is my only Letter per Packet. Love to our Children, and to Benny Boy. I am, Thanks to God, very well and hearty, and ever Your affectionate Husband

Addressed: To / Mrs Franklin / at / Philadelphia / via N. York / per Packet / B Free Franklin

Notation: Old Letters

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6The transcript has minor verbal differences and is dated July 7.

7Of the University’s new chancellor, Lord North. BF attended the ceremonies with Lord Le Despencer and at his instigation, and stopped at West Wycombe both going and returning; see BF to WF below, July 14.

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